The IUPUI Office for Women maintains a comprehensive program to provide support, resources and education about gender issues and gender equity to students, faculty, and staff as well as our community. We are also interested in sharing ideas and experiences with people around the globe. To that end our office supports the IUPUI strategic initiative to internationalize the curriculum and co-curriculum and has sponsored or co-sponsored various international speakers on campus. We also have reached out to our sisters in other lands and seek out partnerships and connections that will enrich our work. We envision an expanded capacity to enhance women’s leadership both locally and globally.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Visit of Lizzie Kiama, NCAA Intern with the US Dept. of State Global Sports Mentoring Program
We were happy to again host an NCAA Intern from the U.S. Department of State and espnW 2014 GLOBAL SPORTS MENTORING PROGRAM in October. Lizzie Kiama is from Kenya and she runs a consulting firm there, “This-Ability”, which is dedicated to improving opportunities for vulnerable communities. She has an incredible program called “Women and Wheels” in which women with disabilities in her native Kenya are empowered through friendly wheelchair rugby competition.
Please see this video about the overall mission of the Global Sports Mentoring Program and the passion that Lizzie (and her fellow mentees) have in promoting sports access for women around the world. The video also stars Lizzie as well!
Monday, March 24, 2014
Visit of Amira Mlik a Fellow with the Bush Presidential Center Women’s Initiative and her Mentor, local businesswoman Kathy Hubbard
Amira Mlik is working to establish a school for intercultural communication in Tunisia. Her mentor, local businesswoman and philanthropist, Kathy Hubbard, is co-founder and board member of Bridges to Understanding, a national nonprofit that works to increase understanding between the United States and the Arab world.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
“Women and Children in Rural Africa, A Talk by Mrs. Josephine Slaa”
Mrs. Slaa is the wife of Dr. Willibrod Slaa, PhD, Secretary General of Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA), the opposition political party in Tanzania. Dr. and Mrs. Slaa are not only popular in Tanzania; their struggle for democracy has placed them among some of the most popular figures in Africa. In her talk, Mrs. Slaa addressed the power of women in Tanzania to shape the future of their country discussing women’s rights, education, empowerment and leadership.
Sponsors: IUPUI Richard Lugar Center for Renewable Energy, IUPUI Office for Women, Committee on Africana Studies, IUPUI Office of International Affairs, African Student Association
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Visit of Yu-Hsein “Blue” Tseng, coach and professor at National Taiwan University Yu-Hsein “Blue” Tseng was the guest of the Office for Women on campus for the afternoon. Blue is a basketball coach, researcher and professor at the National Taiwan University. She also serves as a board member for the Taiwan Gender Equity Education Association, in which she leads discussions and training seminars on the relation between sports and gender equity. She was in Indianapolis as a part of the US State Department Global Sports Mentoring program working to improve the status of women worldwide through sports development. Her mentorship was sponsored by the National College Athletic Association. In addition to a tour of campus, the Natatorium and viewing the women’s basketball team practice, “Blue” met with representatives from the women’s studies program, international affairs, student health, campus recreation, Jag Athletics, School of Nursing and the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
“Empowering Youth for Social Justice: A Conversation with Ethiopian-Israeli Activist, Elisheva Darar”
In recognition of International Women’s Day, Elisheva Darar, Ethiopian-Israeli Community Activist spoke on campus. As a small child, Elisheva walked on foot with her parents and 11,000 other Ethiopians across the Sudanese dessert to freedom in Israel. As a young adult she has worked to empower the Ethiopian communities in Israel and has served as the Division Director for Social Planning at the Department of Policy Planning with the Israeli Prime Minister's Office. In this role she supported the establishment of a think-tank devoted to social change initiatives for women, people with disabilities, and under- served communities.
Co-sponsored with the IUPUI Office for International Affairs, and the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs
February 16, 2012
Women, Peace and Reconciliation in West Africa with Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah Gbowee
Leymah Gbowee, 2011 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize, spoke on “Women, Peace and Reconciliation in West Africa”. Gbowee, founder of the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, along with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman, were the joint recipients of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
The documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell chronicles Gbowee’s leading role in ending Liberia’s Second Civil War. The peace activist, who is based in Accra, Ghana, is the executive director of the NGO Women Peace and Security in Africa (WIPSEN-Africa), and heads the newly established reconciliation process in her native Liberia.
The Office for Women was a co-sponsor of the event along with IU McKinney School of Law, IUPUI Office of Student Involvement, IUPUI Campus Center, IUPU Campus Housing and Residence Life, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Life, Office of International Affairs, Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, University College, the Department of Anthropology, Committee for African and African-American Studies, African Student Association.The Office for Women also sponsored a private reception for Ms. Gbowee and event sponsors after the talk. The Center for Victims Rights was a co-sponsor.
November 4, 2010
National Health Insurance and Women’s Health Policy in Taiwan,a presentation by Dr. Hsiu-Hung Wang, Dean of the College of Nursing at Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan
Dr. Wang was the first and the only nurse scholar appointed as the Deputy Minister, Department of Health in Taiwan between 2004 and 2008. She has authored 110 papers, 50 research reports and books. Her 15 funded research projects are focused on women’s health across the life span. In this presentation, she talked about national health insurance in Taiwan and how the national health insurance policy influences access to care, costs, and payment plans. Dr. Wang also discussed women’s health polices related to sexual assault/harassment, domestic violence prevention, gender equality in employment, artificial reproduction, and women’s cancer screening and prevention.
This event is sponsored by IU School of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau-Alpha Chapter, IUPUI Office for Women, IUPUI Office of International Affairs, and Hall Center for Law and Health of IU School of Law, Indianapolis
April 27, 2010
A Conversation with Dr. Susan Chebet
Principal Administrative Officer for Extension and Outreach, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
Dr. Chebet is also the Executive Director of the Center for Social Transformation and Empowerment andTumndo Ne Leelsupport group. The support group is an effort to replace the rite of female genital mutilation with an alternative initiation process for girls that protects them from human rights abuse. The Center is a shelter and education center for women and girls in the Kerio Valley, Kenya.
Undergraduate Research Opportunity (UROP) for two Gaza University Students
In the summer of 2012, Director Kathleen Grove served as a mentor on a team supporting two students from Gaza University who were UROP students during the month of July and August at IUPUI. The Undergradutate Research Opportunity Program is sponsored by the Center on Research and Learning within the Office of the Vice Chancelor for Research at IUPUI.
Wa'laa Abuhassan and Siriya Quadada lived in IUPUI housing and worked on their research projects mentored by a team including Professor Kristina Sheeler, Professor Khadija Khaja, Professor Amira Mashour, Professor Richard Ward, Professor Margaret Ferguson, Fadumo Warsame, Fatoumata Bah, Jill Jean-Baptiste, Vicki Bonds and Kathleen Grove.
Wa'laa Abuhassan’s research project was on “The Impact of Social Media in Social Change and Reducing Mass Media Misinformation.” Siriya Quadada researched “ Creating Solutions for Empowering Palestinian Women and Ending Their Suffering.”
Ms. Grove specifically worked with Ms. Quadada on her project informing her about the measures in the United States to confront domestic violence and provide resources and safety to women and enlisting the help and a tour of The Julian Center, an Indianapolis domestic violence shelter and counseling center for women.
Gender and Leadership, Sharing Minds, Changing Lives
A Conference at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
In November 2010, Kathleen Grove, Director of the Office for Women led a team of four representatives from IUPUI and traveled to Eldoret, Kenya to participate in a Conference on Gender and Leadership at Moi University. Attending with Director Grove were Angela Espada, Associate Assistant Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Susan Kigamwa, IUPUI Community Network. Ms. Grove made two presentations, “Advancing Women in Academic Leadership: Expanding the Circle of Inclusion” and “Women’s and Gender Studies in the U.S.: Content and Pedagogy.” Ms. Espada presented on “Not the Weaker Sex: How and Why Women Can Lead.”
Ms. Kigamwa held meetings and made connections for collaborations with the IUPUI Community Learning Network. Also traveling as part of the team was Lana Knox, a master’s degree student in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Ms. Knox completed an independent study course with Professor Ann Marie Thomson, Adjunct Assistant Professor, SPEA, with mentoring from Ms. Grove and presented a paper at the conference. The topic of Ms. Knox’s paper was “UN-Women: Triumphs and Obstacles for International Gender Policy”.
The Institute for Gender Equity, Research and Development was created at Moi University in 2003. Its mission is “To advocate, develop, and promote gender equity in all aspects of life through research, policy development, education and collaboration and linkages at local, national, regional and international levels. “ Dr. Wanjiku Khamasi, Director of IGERD at that time, was the host for the group.
The team also made a trip into the Rift River Valley to visit the Center for Social Transformation and Empowerment developed by Dr. Susan Chebet. Dr. Chebet is a champion for women’s and girls’ rights in Kenya. She developed the program Tumndo Ne Leel (Alternative Initiation Concept) as a means of initiating adolescent girls without female genital cutting among the Kalenjin community and promoting education and wellness for girls. Her curriculum has been very successful and adopted throughout the region. She is building the Center to be a home for the program and a shelter for women and girls. The mission of the center is to “To provide an enabling environment for acquiring new knowledge and practical skills in formal and non-formal education, improved household nutrition and food security, social and cultural transformation for empowerment and development.”
Mrs. Chebet was awarded the Head of State Commendation by President Kibaki in 2010 for her work to empower girls in Kenya.
Global Women’s Leadership Network
Women Leaders for the World 2006
University of Santa Clara Leavey School of Business
In the summer of 2006, the Director of the IUPUI Office for Women, Kathleen Grove, was accepted for the week-long residential training program for global women leaders at the University of Santa Clara. Women Leaders for the World is designed to bring “together women from multiple sectors including business, government, civil society organizations and academia. … to equip participants with the support and development they need to implement a visionary project they bring to the program, fully develop during the program, and put into action after the program.”
The program brings together women from around the world who are working to bring economic change and social justice to their part of the world. After the training, they become part of an international network of women leaders dedicated to transforming world conditions - woman by woman. For more information, click here.